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Mind your language

How 'like' lost its way

26 February 2022

9:00 AM

26 February 2022

9:00 AM

A strange crisis has befallen like. It had long been an object of obloquy and vilification in two functions. The first was as a filler, of the same kind as you know: ‘He was, like, my favourite guy.’ Then it evolved into a formula for reporting; so, in place of ‘I was surprised’, we find: ‘I was like, “That’s amazing!”’

Naturally, we sensitive speakers of English do not fall into such annoying habits.

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